Head of the Class: Jasmine Lewis
She brings great energy and the right mindset to her first-grade class each morning. Jasmine Lewis is in her second year teaching at North Star Elementary School.
"I try to bring creativity and I try to bring a level of accountability," explained Lewis. "To not only myself but to my students and then to those that I work with."
Lewis graduated from Central Washington University four years ago but wasn't ready to jump right into her teaching career. She first became a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines and that's where she fell in love with the beauty of the 49th state.
Now teaching in Anchorage, Lewis was able to pull from experience at her school district in Washington and rely on her natural ability to connect with children. She teaches her curriculum, but that extends well beyond sounding out words and learning arithmetic.
“(Teaching kids) to be good people. That was my theme this year for my classroom, make the world a better place. How are we going to do that?" Lewis asked, then answered, "We’re going to by being leaders. We’re going to do that by being innovators. We’re going to do that by being creators. We’re going to do that by being scientists. We’re going to do that by holding the door for somebody else.”
She thinks globally, beyond the walls of her classroom, which is important because North Star is one of the most diverse schools in the United States.
“It is incredible, we have over 20 languages spoken in our building," boasted Lewis. "We’ve got all sorts of different cultures and ethnicity and dynamics... makes my job kind of hard, but in a real rewarding way.”
Lewis facilitates an encouraging environment that thrives on her school's diversity.
“It can be socioeconomic status, it can be ethnicity, it can be language, it can be gender. There are so many ways to classify diversity and as an educator, it is my job to make sure every child feels loved.”
She encourages her students to dream big and the 26-year-old is setting a great example, as she has lofty ambitions of her own.
“My goal is to be a principal in the next year and a half," stated Lewis. "After that, I’m going to be a superintendent... after that, I’m going to find my way to Washington D.C., where changes really happen.”
For Lewis, it's all about motivation and she doesn't need to look far to find it.
“I have a drive. I think that drive is what’s motivating me. And that drive is sitting inside that classroom. I can’t justify being a mediocre teacher.”
There's nothing mediocre about Jasmine Lewis or her first-grade class. Working to make the world a better place, she is KTVA's Head of the Class.
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